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New NJ Restaurants: What’s Open in May 2022

NEW JERSEY — In New Jersey’s rapidly changing culinary scene, there’s always talk of a highly anticipated restaurant opening.

From cocktail bars to omakase sushi restaurants to Mediterranean falafel, dozens of new restaurants are expected to open locally next year as the state continues to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and offer new cuisines to residents of the Garden State.

Here is an overview of new restaurants that have recently opened or are opening in New Jersey:

Cousins ​​Maine Lobster, Asbury Park

National lobster chain Cousins ​​Maine Lobster opened its Asbury Park brick-and-mortar location in May on the promenade, joining the brand’s existing food truck locations in Freehold and Trenton. Get ready to try a wide range of lobster rolls, lobster bisque and everything in between. See more.

Tiger Sugar, Edison

Taiwan-based Tiger Sugar, a popular international bubble tea beverage chain, is set to open a store in Edison on May 28. According to the company, the chain uses a “proprietary cooking method”, taking up to eight hours to achieve its goal. famous amber syrups and chewy boba with handmade tapioca pearls. This will be its third location in New Jersey. Read more.

Jugemu, Cresskill

Jugemu opened at the former Umeya site in Cresskill on May 22 to the delight of North Jersey sushi lovers. Self-proclaimed “authentic Japanese sushi/cuisine”, Sushi Jugemu will offer specialty omakase (letting a chef choose the order) among other specialty menu options like gyoza, veggie tacos and bandit’s chicken. Read more.

Centrada Cocina & Cocktails, Red Bank

This pan-Latin cocktail bar opened on April 30 and offers three floors – two dining rooms, three bars and a private event room in the heart of Red Bank. The brainchild of the Esperto Hospitality Group, the establishment promises to offer a unique dining and nightlife experience in central Jersey. See more.

Wattle Cafe, Jersey City

Australian-inspired health brand Wattle Cafe opened its third location this month in Jersey City, offering bites suitable for keto diets, vegan lifestyles and everything in between. Touting a menu tailored to customer preferences, the new location pours a coffee roaster by a New York-based Australian roaster, with a range sourced directly from the farmer who grows them. See more.

Pastosa Ravioli, Eatontown

Brooklyn-based Italian grocery chain Pastosa Ravioli has opened its fifth location in New Jersey, this time in Eatontown. Serving ravioli, fresh pasta and Italian specialties, the new shop is the newest among its sister sites in Cranford, Florham Park, Manalapan and Manasquan. See more.

Taim Mediterranean Cuisine, Princeton

The fast-casual Taïm Mediterranean Kitchen is preparing to open its eighth address in Princeton. Already touting six New Yorks and one Washington DC. location, the restaurant is well known for its cauliflower shawarma, eggplant sabich, kebabs and more. Their menu also includes made-to-order stuffed pitas, bowls, mezes, bonfires and an array of house fries. The New Jersey location is scheduled to open June 2. Learn more.

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